Thank you so much for reading, commenting, reaching out and emailing. If you have a blog or even a Facebook account, you know that wonderful feeling that comes with “likes” and comments. Technically, I started the blog on February 14th of 2013 but I wanted to wait until today to post this.
Why I named the blog Happy or Else
It was another gloomy winter morning in Seattle, Washington some time last year. My mother-in-law’s health was quickly declining, the weather in my new zip code was bleak, my husband was contemplating quiting his job and I missed my friends and lifestyle in sunny San Diego. I sat straight up in bed and said to myself (out loud) “I’m going to be happy or else!”
I felt out of control of my happiness-a first. It was also the first time I had so MUCH control of my time-I wasn’t working or in school. Desparate housewife much? I had started putting together the idea of writing a blog to give structure to my newly-non-working days, provide an education in something new and connect with people. There had to be a way to rekindle that inner, legendary, happy hamster. AND it worked. Well, the blog as well as saying goodbye to Chris’ mom, Chris getting a new job and us moving back to California.
The blog was a practice to anchor my days, I met wonderful people, learned new skills and made little steps of progress. It’s a place to celebrate simple daily decadence, happy revalations and find out who in the world gets things this way.
Here is a photo review of this year
February 14, 2013, I launched the blog with this post about Five Reasons To Pay Top Dollar For A Service And When To Do It.
I did my first guest post on Eat Drink Shop Love: City Guide: Seattle, Washington.
We had TONS of fun at the Seattle Sounders soccer games with seasons tickets. We even scheduled our “first wedding” at the court house right before a game!
I got to live in the same city as my sister (for a hot second-we overlapped for a month) and parents. It was wonderful.
We moved from Seattle, back to Southern California. We had the freedom to visit friends and attend weddings.
We enjoyed our second wedding, a Korean wedding.
Then our third wedding, in Paris.We got to travel Europe with our family.
Then we found out we were having a baby.
Now I’m super excited to be a mom. I’m using these last few months before the baby comes to tighten up the site, improve my photography, read and see friends. Hey, there could be a fourth wedding too.
Thanks for coming along! Let me know who you are and if you have a blog, I’d love to know where the name came from.